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First Solo Was Today  
User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

I was surprised. With 14 kts head wind, well, about 35 degrees off runway heading, I soloed. After my instructor and I did a few t/o's and Landings, he told me to go up to the ramp. He then hopped out and said it all you. he went into the tower to watch. I did 3 touch and goes like he said, and returned. All my landings were great, I surprised myself. The first time around was pretty busy, 4 airplanes including myself. The tower was paicent and did not get to mad with my abilty to not see airplanes until they were hard to miss. Over all, I am oretty happy about it. The flight director shook my hand, and thats that. Thought I would share. Big grin


23 victor, turn right heading 210, maintain 3000 till established, cleared ILS runwy 24.
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User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Congrats NWA!
Every pilot remembers there first solo  Smile
November 11, 2002
Cessna 172 N4954G
3:25pm hehe

Welcome to the club.


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Congrats NWA.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineLiamksa From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

What a feeling hey! There's nothing like it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

3 circuits and a slight x-wind - congrats


User currently offlineSuspen From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

congrats, you did better than I  Smile


Tower: "Cessna xxxx, state your intentions", Cessna: "To become airline pilot"
User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

Good job. I don't think that I really got crosswind landings figured out until a little while ago, and I'm a CFI!

Let's see, my first solo was on April 30th, 1994, in Cessna 152, tail number N68353. No wind, uncontrolled airfield, had the pattern all to myself.

-Normal


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Way to go NWA! Thats awsome!


See you in the skies someday.



Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Heck of a deal!

I remember good old N5174D, the skyhawk I soloed in. It was about the fastest Skyhawk I ever flew...it'd cruise at book (122kt)!

Steve


User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

The plane was a 2001 Cessna 172 tail number N3540T. It was at KJXN, runway 14.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


23 victor, turn right heading 210, maintain 3000 till established, cleared ILS runwy 24.
User currently offlineSkyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

CONGRATS!  Smile

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

Amen! I still remember my ENTIRE first solo flight (all three landings  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

Great stuff!! Welcome to the club!!!

Brgds,
JBirdAV8r



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Congratulations! It's a great feeling and one I fondly remember. I was singing through most of it I was so happy!

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2693 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Good job! Now its on to the fun stuff: cross country flying.

Nick


User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

I wish I could know how to write CONGRATULATIONS in big fat letters... so., you will have to conform with the following:

CONGRATULATIONS !

Just remember to keep the blue side up !!
RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

Congratulations...well done. !!


I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1258 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Congragulations

Memory Lane:
July 10, 2002
Cessna 172P N99885
KHGR, 8-12 knot crosswind

Second solo was even stranger... doing the pattern with an USAF VC-9!

Let this be the first of some great flying experiences to come for ya! It can only get better!



CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

Congratulations man! That's an awesome feeling, and huge accomplishment.

I'm a big dork, so I don't remember that much from my first solo, but I'm sure you will. Now, the checkride, you'll never forget that one  Smile


Cheers,
FSP


User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

I not only remember my first in 1964...Piper Tri-Pacer owned by Del Norte High School in Crescent City California. It and my 140 are the only two high winged planes I've ever flown.
My mother has yet to forgive me for coming home with a totally ruined "new" shirt.

Congratulations! You're embarking on a journey most of mankind can only imagine and wonder at.



One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
User currently offlineBuzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Hi NWA, Buzz here. Sounds good... write down the details in a journal (my teenage s call it a diary) so you can remember as the years go by. I have several pages of notes i'd typed up while learning to fly. Writing notes about each day's flying helped sort it out in my brain so i'd learn the lessons better.
I soloed in a Cub in 2000. After almost 20 years of airplane-fixing i decided to get serious about flying for fun. I even thought of a reson that made sense to my wife: I've been taking care of sick airplanes... when can i play with healthy ones? All told it took me 3 years of stop and go flight instruction before i got my PPL.
I learned to fly near Portland Oregon, at Evergreen airfield. It's got grass, one skinny paved runway. I prefer taildraggers... have about 35 hours of C-150 time. All the rest is in Cubs, Champs, Piper Super Cruisers, DC-3, T-6, and a STOL C-150 Texas Taildragger, and C-180.
I still think of myself as a student, i'm still learning things and also sharing the knowlege of Classic Taildraggers with my flying buddies.
g'day


User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

Way to go man. That first solo is sweet.

9/26/03
PA-28-161
N266ND



Twin Cessna 812 Victor, Minneapolis Center, we observe your operation in the immediate vicinity of extreme precipitation
User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Congratulations NWA!!
My instructor did the same thing to me; I flew the airplane back on a cross-country. When we landed, he got out on the runway and told me to do a couple of take-offs and landings. I didn't have the cross wind problem you had, but it was late afternoon and the beacon was already on. So, technically, I soloed at night.


User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Cool stuff NWA!

I'm sure you all agree with me when I say that the first 5 seconds are scary as h-ll, followed by 15 wonderful minutes, actually being a pilot!

Mine was 8th of March this year, in N6295R, a 172N, at Kalispell City Airport, Montana.

regards



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

Avioniker,

You have a 140? Beautiful aircraft...I can't even begin to express my jealousy  Laugh out loud

Great to hear all these stories..



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

To go with the acolades, I will add mine. Welcome to the PIC club bud!!

My first solo was much like yours. Only thunderstorms coming in and not having one normal pattern because tower had me doing s-turns and extending downwind to get all the jets out before the storm. It started raining right after he got back in the plane. I remember my first takeoff. I forgot to set flaps to takeoff. My first landing was great. Then I realized I was on my own Wow!

You'll have many flights that you'll forget but this is one of the few that will always stand out. Congradulations again

TB-9
N504PC
10/23/00



DMI
User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

The moment I remember the most was when the mains lifted off the runway. Thought to myself"I have to land this, don't I?". It was ok though. Made em' nice and soft. Thanks again guys. Always the first ones to shake your hand. I appreciate you guys answering my questions, and calming me down after I got airsick that one time. Thanks a bunch!


23 victor, turn right heading 210, maintain 3000 till established, cleared ILS runwy 24.
25 C172Akula : Congratulations! For myself: Sept. 27, 2000 C-FTCG C172'sp CYBW
26 WindowSeat : Well done. It is a wonderful feeling. I remember having the extra space to keep my stuff on the other seat. I was at first worried if I did the right
27 MCPILOT : Congratulations!!!!!!! I Will remember that day for the rest of my life, my first Solo was on a Cessna 152 HI-565 SP November 28Th 1992 MCPILOT
28 Post contains images Lamyl_HHLCO : hey congratulation!! Mine was in december 2000 at TUL, I took some pictures but the Film didn't roll in the camera ...really disappointing
29 Repaulson : NWA man that's great!!! How many hours did you have under your belt. I'm in the low teens as far as hours go and am getting nervous about that day...
30 NormalSpeed : As fate would have it, I'm currently listening to Pearl Jam's "Given to Fly" as I type this. Ah, it's a great song for flying. Congrats! A first solo
31 OE-LDA : NWA: Congratulations! A famous fellow Austrian, Sigmund Freud, once said than a lucky person is the one whose childhood dream became true. I guess tha
32 Post contains images BMAbound : I guess I'll be sad all my life then... Now I never get to pilot the Concorde... johan
33 Pilothighflyer : Congratulations! Good Luck! You are now a PIC First Solo C-152 N5351P 3 Full stops @ 10 in the morning March 8th, 2003 I had 2 Wake turbulance approac
34 Slamclick : Congratulations. Pilot-in-Command! You alone responsible for the successful outcome of the flight. You will never forget the day. Keep on! There is lo
35 Post contains images BMAbound : Pilothighflyer - that's pretty cool, same day as me, but a couple of hours earlier! johan
36 5T6 : Way to go, NWA!! I'm going up today for my third flight....so I'm WAY behind you. But I've got a great instructor who really loves what he's doing (hi
37 Sccutler : Nothing like that first time. Does seem like yesterday, and I look in my logbook now and see about 230 hours. Still wet behind the ears, but having mo
38 Bravo45 : Heartiest Congrats Pal!
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